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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Here lies Bridget - Paige Harbison

Title: Here Lies Bridget

Author: Paige Harbison

Pages: 219

Publisher: Harlequin

Source: Purchased

The Summary

Bridget Duke is the uncontested ruler of her school. The meanest girl with the biggest secret insecurities. And when new girl Anna Judge arrives, things start to fall apart for Bridget: friends don't worship as attentively, teachers don't fall for her wide-eyed look, expulsion looms ahead and the one boy she's always loved can barely even look at her anymore. When a desperate Bridget drives too fast and crashes her car, she ends up in limbo, facing everyone she's wronged and walking a few uncomfortable miles in their shoes. Now she has only one chance to make a last impression. Though she might end up dead, she has one last shot at redemption and the chance to right the wrongs she's inflicted on the people who mean most to her. And Bridget's about to learn that, sometimes, saying you're sorry just isn't enough.

The Review

I like the premise of this book and the way it makes you think about how you treat others, and the impact that your treatment of them has on their self-esteem. Words have the power to harm and heal, and Here Lies Bridget reinforces that. Well written, well plotted and well thought out - Here Lies Bridget is a book that all young adults, especially the Queen Bees of the world should read. So many invisible scars are left behind by the words of those like Bridget, who are more concerned with their popularity than their impact. Whilst this is a good and necessary story - I am not exactly the target audience for it. A younger reader would definitely find it more enjoyable and relate-able than I did. It made me think of Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why which is a must read for everyone.

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  2. Words hurt and it's nice that this book is a reminder of that, even though the book wasn't exactly for you. Glad you're back to reviewing!

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